North Wales set to miss out on Vulcan’s last tour
Vulcan fans in Deeside look set for a major disappointed this weekend.
The latest route plan filed for a two-day UK wide farewell tour, in which the bomber was due to fly over Broughton shows the north Wales leg has been dropped from the itinerary.
The initial plan was for Vulcan to fly over Aberystwyth to Harlech, Caernarfon and Bangor onto Anglesey, following the coastline from Llandudno, Rhyl and across into Flintshire.
However the latest route filed today shows XH558 will miss the region completely.
The iconic aircraft, based at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport will finally cease operating this year due the three expert companies who keep Vulcan flying – BAE Systems, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and Rolls-Royce collectively deciding to pull their support for the delta wing bomber, without that crucial support under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, the Cheshire-built Vulcan will be prohibited from flying.
The nationwide sortie on October 10-11 has been split into two days a southern leg which originally included north Wales and a northern route.
There could be a glimmer of hope though for north Wales Vulcan fans, the planes operators have promised two more undisclosed flights at the end of the month prior to Vulcan finally being withdrawn for good.
Operators VulcanToTheSky.org said:
“The route change on Saturday is due to various permissions and agreements, the routes vary from those originally published over 10 days ago. We have also listened to public opinion to arrive at what we believe will be the best possible solution in light of all the restrictions placed upon us in operating XH558.
Although flight paths may vary once announced and XH558 is airborne, the turning points we reveal will be our intended destinations given favourable weather conditions.”
New Route filed today
Main Image: thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk
Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com